Interview with

By Theresa Rizzo

Date: 12/2/2011


Kat Brzozowski




1.                  Which categories do you currently acquire? Which category has a special/constant place in your heart?

Answer: I have a broad range of interests. In my spare time, I read almost everything (except for serious sports and history books). As for what I知 looking to acquire, I love adult books in the genre of mystery, horror, suspense, and thriller. I also like some literary fiction (especially if it has a great voice) as well as certain types of women痴 fiction (in the vein of Jodi Picoult). I知 also looking for young adult fiction. My young adult tastes are very broad.


  1. What length synopsis do you prefer to see with a partial? Single spaced or double?


Answer: I like a synopsis to be 2-3 pages. If it痴 any longer, I feel like I might as well just read the book! I prefer single spaced, but I知 not too picky.


  1. In terms of submissions, what are you sick to death of and what would you like to see more of?

Answer: I知 sick of certain types of cookie-cutter young adult books, especially if I can tell from the first page what book this one is trying to be (Twilight, The Hunger Games). As for adult books, I知 open to most types of books if they have a great voice and a gripping plot. I like strong women no pushover, needy types for me!



  1. What are the most compelling elements you feel are necessary for a good
    read? What particularly grabs your attention?

    Answer: I like books with a strong voice. If you have a great voice, you can go almost anywhere with the plot and I値l be interested. I also like interesting settings.



  1. For you, which elements in a fiction submission are terminal problems garnering automatic rejections and which are tempting and fixable meriting a look at a revision if a talented author is willing to accept your advice?
    1. Voice very important, as I noted above. Probably my number 1 priority when I read a manuscript.
    2. Weak Grammar - easily fixable, but bad grammar often seems like a sign of laziness to me
    3. Common plot - this can be tweaked, but it needs to have a good basic plot for me to work from.
    4. Poor character development very bad. I need great, well-rounded characters to stay hooked
    5. Story is too controversial (ie rape, politics, religion謡hat else?) I like controversial elements if they have a purpose. I can稚 stand them if they池e piled on top of each other just to be controversial
    6. Mediocre / uninspired writing terrible. Hardest thing to fix, in my opinion.
    7. Excessive use of violence or cursing I feel mixed. Again, if it has a purpose, I知 fine. Gratuitous violence or swearing seems lazy to me,
    8. Lacking genre 穆pecific requirements like, suspense/sexual tension/ world-building - not as big of a deal to me
    9. Pacing is off用lot is too slow - this can be worked on, definitely.
    10. Story starts in wrong spot can be fixed through editing
    11. Ending is unsatisfactory can be fixed through editing
    12. Other


  1. Does meeting an author face-to-face at a conference make a difference in your response time, the submission process, or the rejection process (ie. Form letter vs a few sentences of advice)?


Answer: It sometimes helps, but it can also hurt if the author is too pushy, which signals me that they might be difficult to work with. It痴 nice to meet an author in person at some point in the editing process, though. A lot of work can get done in a short period of face to face time.



  1. Besides the writing, the story and the talent, what are the most important elements you look for in an author, ie. contest wins, cooperativeness, affiliations to writers organizations, knowledge of publishing industry, promotability, etc?


Answer: I love to work with mystery writers who are already part of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, among other organizations, especially because it makes things easier when it comes to getting blurbs. It痴 always important for authors to have a good social media presence by the time their book publishes as well. Facebook fan pages and Twitter followers are essential in building an author痴 platform.



  1. Do you have any pet peeves?


Answer: Misspellings in submissions. Just run a spell check! It痴 not hard.


  1. What are you addicted to?


Answer: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and CW TV shows (which are all pretty bad, admittedly). I also love Project Runway, Veronica Mars, and Nip/Tuck.


  1. What have you always wanted to do?


Answer: I壇 love to travel to new places. Ireland, Australia, and Thailand are on the top of my list.


  1. Do you have a favorite quote?


Answer: I don稚! I値l work on that.